State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Nevada

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 7 Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 392.040
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before September 30 Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 392.040
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-out: Age 6, a parent must file a waiver if his/her child does not enroll in kindergarten or grade 1.
Opt-out: Age 7, a child who passes a grade 1 readiness assessment can skip kindergarten.
Opt-out: A child who completed kindergarten or enrolled in grade 1 in another state may enroll in the grade she/he was attending
Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 392.040
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? Yes - or otherwise be assessed as prepared to enter grade 1. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 392.040
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 388.060;
Nev. Admin. Code 387.131
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 2 hours per day for kindergarten.
4 hours per day for grades 1-2.
5 hours per day fro grade 3.
Nev. Admin. Code 387.131
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? 1:16 for grades K-2. 1:18 for grade 3. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 388.700
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: To receive an elementary license, teachers must take nine semester hours of credit in methods of teaching of literacy or language arts.
Professional Development: Districts must ensure that teacher have access to high-quality, ongoing professional development in academic standards and curriculum as well as curriculum and instruction in English language development and literacy.
Nev. Admin. Code 391.095;
Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 391A.370
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: To receive an elementary license, teachers must take nine semester hours of credit in methods of teaching elementary mathematics, among other subjects such as science and social studies. Professional Development: Districts must ensure that teacher have access to high-quality, ongoing professional development in academic standards and curriculum as well as curriculum and instruction in mathematics. Nev. Admin. Code 391.095
Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 391A.370
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Early Childhood License, birth to grade 2. Elementary License, kindergarten through eighth grade. Nev. Admin. Code 391.089
Nev. Admin. Code 391.090
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Districts must develop a plan to improve the literacy of pupils in K-3, which must include procedures for assessing a pupil’s proficiency in reading using valid and reliable assessments approved by the State Board. These assessments must be administered within the first 30 days of school after the pupil enters kindergarten and during grades 1,2 and 3. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 388.157
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Assessments inform intervention needs. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 388.157
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? K-3 interventions include a program to provide intensive instruction, small group reading sessions and supplemental instruction. Elementary schools must designate a learning strategist. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 388.159
Is there a third grade retention policy? Third grade retention is required with good cause exemptions. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 392.760
Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 392.765
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Parental notification is required. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 392.765
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? A course in academic, career and personal and social development is required for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Nev. Admin. Code 389.187

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